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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My10m Group Dxing Di Kampung Gerachi

Pada 22 dan 23 haribulan September 2012, saya telah mengikuti satu program dxing yang telah dianjurkan oleh group Facebook "My10m". Organizer yang terlibat adalah Salehan 9W2SBD bersama Rahmat 9M2RMT. Saya telah dijemput untuk menyertai program ini seawal bulan puasa lagi. Untuk tidak mengecewakan pihak penganjur, saya telah meluangkan masa untuk bersama mereka yang juga rakan-rakan yang lain.

Jadual aktiviti,

  1. Berkumpul di Pekan Kuala Kubu Bharu pada pukul 12 tengahari.
  2. Bergerak ke lokasi dxing di Kampung Gerachi pada pukul 2.30 petang.
  3. Persiapan peralatan radio dan juga antenna serta khemah dan juga tempat makan pada pukul 4 petang.
  4. Aktiviti mencari stesyen radio amatur yang jauh (dxing) dimulakan pada 7.30 petang setelah selesai antenna dan radio dipasang.
  5. Acara makan pada pukul 9 malam 
  6. Persiapan untuk pulang pada pukul 9 pagi keesokkan harinya.
Berikut adalah sedikit gambar (tidak mengikut urutan kejadian),

Antara peralatan yang digunakan adalah,

  3. YAESU FT897D
  4. dan lain-lain

Jumlah stesyen yang berjaya dihubungi adalah, 

Mode CW - operator 9M2PJU
165 Station

Mode SSB - operator 9W2CEH, 9W2EDU, 9W2SBD, 9M2RDX
47 Station

Mode PSK - operator 9M2RDX
28 Station

Terima kasih kepada mereka yang terlibat, 9W2SBD, 9M2RMT, 9M2AIA, 9M2TPT, 9W2RUT, 9W2CEH, 9M2RHQ, 9M2RDX, 9W2EDU, 9M2KRZ, 9W2SUF dan lain-lain.

Video di bawah di rekod oleh Bonar 9W2CEH

Keadaan Bonar 9W2CEH selepas semalaman berjaga


9M2PJU Latest DXCC

Friday, September 21, 2012

ebook2cw - Convert PDF File To Morse Code

ebook2cw is a converter for your pdf files to morse code mp3, also to ogg. It works on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OSX. The options for converting can be found on it's official site, http://fkurz.net/ham/ebook2cw.html. This app was developed by Fabian, DJ1YFK.

You can convert your favorite pdf files, and burn it to your CDs, play it on your car or transfer it to your portable mp3 player and listen while jogging.

Hamradio On IRC

Channel hamradio and ubuntu-hams on irc.freenode.net is where is used to get some information on amateur radio. IRC stands for internet relay chat. i started to use irc since 1997, until now i never get bored with it. Simple and fast, text only chat. You can talk to any nickname you want, either on the public channels or private messages. I made a lot of friends on IRC. Some of them are mypapit 9W2WTF, Steve AI4QR and Kamal KA6MAL. First IRC client that i use is mIRC, after trying Red Hat linux, i've found BitchX (CLI - command line interface) and then X-Chat (GUI). People are forgetting the IRC now, they prefer web-based social sites such as Facebook. Skype is better since it has support for video and voice call.

Some amateur radio old timers are still on the IRC. Discussing and developing software for amateur radio usage. Ted Williams WA0EIR, a 70++ aged ham radio developed lots of software, http://wa0eir.home.mchsi.com/. Steve and Kamal are working with Canonical and developing the hamlib for linux. Diane Bruce VA3DB made a custom FreeBSD for amateur radio called Hamfreesbie. Mypapit 9W2WTF actively working on android apps, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=mypapit

You can simply install an IRC client for your pc or macs. My operating system is Ubuntu and i use xchat. Just search xchat on Ubuntu software center and install.

DX Cluster Spot For 9M2PJU

This is a screenshot from dxwatch.com showing my callsign was spotted by DX or local station. The concept is very straight forward, if they heard you, they will update the cluster with the following info, callsign and frequency. Any station who see your callsign will tune their VFO to that frequency and try to make a contact with you. Someone maybe think that this is a "cheating technique". Haha, don't take it serious.

Reverse Beacon Network Spot For 9M2PJU

Sometime I use reversebeacon.net to see either  propagation on certain frequency is good or bad. It seems like my signal reached ZL land. 20db with 33 words per minutes. But no one answered my call, hurmm... maybe they are still busy. Time to shutdown my station. Catch me later folks!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

eQSL 15 Sep 2012

p/s: i can easily update my log to LOTW and eQSL using CQRLog software on Linux. How about you?

Friday, September 14, 2012

CHIRP - Opensource Memory Programmer

CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats.
Available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.

Supported transceivers:-

  • DR-03T
  • DR-06T
  • DR135T
  • DR235T
  • DR435T
  • DJ596T
  • UV-3R
  • UV-5R (in daily builds)
  • IC-80AD
  • IC-2820H
  • ID-800H
  • ID-880H
  • IC-2200H
  • IC-91/92AD
  • IC-V/U82
  • ID-RPx000V/RP2x
  • IC-2100H
  • IC-2720H
  • IC-T70
  • IC-T7H (in daily builds)
  • IC-Q7A
  • IC-W32A
  • IC-746 (in daily builds)
  • IC-7200
  • IC-7000
  • ID-31A
  • JT220M
  • TH-D7A/G
  • TH-D72
  • TH-F6A
  • TH-K2
  • TM-271A/281A
  • TM-D700
  • TM-D710
  • TM-G707 (in daily builds)
  • TM-V7A
  • TM-V71A
  • PX-2R (UHF)
  • PX-777
  • TH-UV3R (in daily builds)
  • TH-UVF1 (in daily builds)
  • FT-60R
  • FT-817/ND
  • FT-857/D
  • FT-897
  • FT-2800M
  • FT-7800R
  • FT-7900R
  • FT-8800R
  • FT-8900R
  • VX-3R
  • VX-5R
  • VX-6R
  • VX-7R
  • VX-8R
  • KG-UV6D/UV6X (in daily builds)

Reverse Beacon Network

The Reverse Beacon Network is a revolutionary new idea. Instead of beacons actively transmitting signals, the RBN is a network of stations listening to the bands and reporting what stations they hear, when and how well.
Reverse beacon network adalah satu website yang mengumumkan isyarat yang aktif di frekuensi tinggi (HF). Isyarat CW atau kod Morse yang sedang berlansung di frekuensi akan diumumkan oleh mereka yang mendengarkan isyarat itu (skimmer). Pemantau isyarat selalunya menggunakan software CW skimmer bersama transceiver ataupun bersama software define radio (SDR).

Website www.reversebeacon.net kelihatan hampir sama dengan website DX cluster yang lain, tetapi reverse beacon network dapat memaparkan informasi yang terperinci untuk isyarat CW yang sedang aktif ke udara. Maklumat seperti callsign pendengar, callsign yang ke udara, frekuensi, snr, CW speed dalam words per minutes, masa dan tarikh transmisi berlaku.

Projek Reverse Beacon Network sangat berguna bagi mereka yang aktif DXing, kerana segala informasi maklumbalas dari stesyen lain sangat berguna untuk memperelokkan lagi peralatan yang digunakan dan juga sistem antenna yang sediada. Selain itu kita juga dapat menilai keadaan band ketika transmisi dilakukan.

Berikut adalah contoh screenshot yang telah diambil dari Reverse Beacon Network,

Untuk mengetahui dengan lebih lanjut akan projek Reverse Beacon Network, sila ke http://www.reversebeacon.net

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CQRLog - World's Best Ham Radio Logging App For Linux

CQRLOG is an advanced ham radio logger based on MySQL database. Provides radio control based on hamlib libraries (currently support of 140+ radio types and models), DX cluster connection, QRZ callbook (web version), a grayliner, internal QSL manager database support and a most accurate country resolution algorithm based on country tables developed by OK1RR. CQRLOG is intended for daily general logging of HF, CW & SSB contacts and strongly focused on easy operation and maintenance.

This is an obvious question if you plan to migrate your logbook to another program promising more comfortable operation and less paperwork. Every program has its own preferences and gets its own group of satisfied users who says 'this is the best one, nothing else compares to ***' etc. CQRLOG is not different.
Also, CQRLOG is a must:
  • if you are a dedicated DXer and/or Award hunter preferring 'classic modes' CW and SSB, active on daily regular basis who has a lot of contacts in his log
  • if you want a highest possible number of details on the station you are working or calling
  • if you want to have a very accurate DXCC, zones and IOTA statistics on the fly
  • if you want painless processing of a high number of QSL cards, LoTW and/or eQSL records
  • if you prefer the ergonomy over colourful screens with lots of buttons and boxes
  • if your operating style presumes to be focused more to your radio and the on-the-air scene than to your computer
  • if you prefer linux over Windows and want a more advanced logbook program, if you don't trust the commercial/shareware programs
  • if you are not satisfied with the support of your current logger

CQRLOG would be probably an overkill:
  • if you are a casual operator with quite few (thousands) contacts in your log
  • if you operate mostly on local repeaters or in local SSB roundtables
  • if DX is not the matter
  • if you prefer digital modes, however CQRLOG integrates with FLDIGI, a high-end digital mode interface (sound card based software)
  • if you are a portable (SOTA etc.) guru using a minimalistic computer (ie. palmtop etc.)
  • if you are QSL manager who needs a tool for offline processing of many logs
  • if you are operator of a club station, where every member needs his own log

CQRLOG is not for you:
  • if you want to use the same program for daily logging and contesting, however we don't exclude a CQRLOG clone dedicated to the contesters
  • if you operate a remote station which needs software control of almost everything, ie. you don't have any access to the front panel of your radio

Anyway, CQRLOG is here and is for you. Try it out and if you decide to stay with this logger, we will be pleased. Of course, it will be very heartwarming if CQRLOG will became the reason to leave Windows and migrate to Linux.

For more info, please go to http://www.cqrlog.com

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